“I Had My Father With Me the Whole Way;” Michael Nye Wins Event 15 for $328,683

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 15
$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  4,259
Prize Pool:  $2,214,680
March 31 – April 3, 2022

Michael Nye
Michael Nye

There was a massive field of 4,259 entries for Event 15 ($600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em), and after six starting flights, Day 2, and then Day 3, Michael Nye and Juan Endara agreed to a heads-up deal. As chipleader, Nye was awarded the title, the trophy, and $328,683.

Primarily a cash game player who learned poker from his late father, this is by far the biggest tournament score of Nye’s career.

“I had my father with me the whole way,” said Nye, who kept his father’s old driver’s license next to his chip stack. “He loved poker, and that’s why he was on the final table with me.”

Nye began Day 3 as the chipleader with 14 players remaining, but his key hand came with six players left. (Click here for the details of this hand.)

“I got very lucky, blind vs. blind against Ian [O’Hara], who is a great player,” said Nye. “He was raising a lot. I was in the big blind, he was in the small blind. He raises again, I shove ace-jack, and he wakes up with ace-king. And I spiked a jack. That was the one lucky hand that really got me going.”

If it weren’t for that jack on the flop, Nye would have been eliminated in sixth place, but instead he doubled up to 83 big blinds. O’Hara, arguably the toughest player at the final table with more than $3.75 million in career tournament earnings, dropped to five big blinds, and was eliminated shortly after that in sixth place.

Nye has three daughters in college, so he figures the money he won can be put to good use. And he closed out his victory by thanking his wife.

“I’d like to thank my wife for going through the lifestyle of a poker wife.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameWinnings
1MichaelNye$328,683 *
2JuanEndara$273,222 *
3RicardoVelasco$172,250
4BradleyCoultas$133,050
5EvanTeitelbaum$100,730
6IanOhara$74,290
7McKoySteven$53,405
8RaminderSingh$42,525
9JonathanKranker$32,845
10PeterMuhlbek$32,845
11AlexanderPerez$24,520
12PhillipStuttman$24,520
13Mihai-EmilIsar$17,565
14ScottBaumstein$17,565
15RobertMosca$17,565
16VeerabZakarian$13,715
17RonaldHiggins Jr$13,715
18EricSalazar$13,715
19ManelicMinaya$11,465
20DavidLopez$11,465
21ChristopherLovett$11,465
22EdwardRibeiro$9,570
23SergeyGlagolev$9,570
24MichaelSuggs$9,570
25SoniaShashikhina$7,850
26SasaMilivojevic$7,850
27FrancisMohan$7,850
28JuanMontaya Bernal$6,310
29IdoAshkenazi$6,310
30MinZhang$6,310
31CarlosCorrea$6,310
32MichaelPalumbo$6,310
33KurtLichtman$6,310
34AnthonyIbrahim$6,310
35NicholasSena-Hopkins$6,310
36JeremyBecker$6,310
37LuniquePetiote$5,125
38CharlemagneBenjamin Jr$5,125
39AlexandruPredincea$5,125
40TanupatPunjarojanakul$5,125
41EuclidZurbaran$5,125
42NohadTeliani$5,125
43JoshuaWhitney$5,125
44MaxxLe$5,125
45DavidCastranova$5,125
46DuNay$4,290
47JustinDatloff$4,290
48DavidTuthill$4,290
49LuisYepez Carmona$4,290
50DanielAviles$4,290
51VladmirFlorent$4,290
52HalleyLewis Iii$4,290
53WilliamBuerosse Jr$4,290
54JacobRich$4,290
55MichaelMoskowitz$3,810
56JohnZawaski Jr$3,810
57LukeGraham$3,810
58FredericoDabus$3,810
59JoshuaPoe$3,810
60TravisChesinski$3,810
61AaronMassey$3,810
62JohnnyBromberg$3,810
63NicholasPalma$3,810
64JasonYoung$3,455
65AnthonyRuberto Jr$3,455
66JeromeNeloms$3,455
67StephenVecchio$3,455
68StevenRaeman$3,455
69EricGreenwood Jr$3,455
70BobbyAmin$3,455
71AndreasAthanasopoulos$3,455
72JosephSanchez$3,455
73MichaelNewman$3,190
74AntonioGermani$3,190
75RaySalzberg$3,190
76JosephBlock$3,190
77MatthewKuba$3,190
78SebastianBonnardot$3,190
79CharlesKahrs$3,190
80MylesKublin$3,190
81RubenTorres$3,190
82GilNachum$2,960
83ChristopherNelson$2,960
84VincenzoAbate$2,960
85AlexRivera Aponte$2,960
86FernandoPages$2,960
87FrancisMargaglione$2,960
88DanielHamm$2,960
89SamuelPhillips$2,960
90KevinBlewitt$2,960
91AnthonyAskey$2,750
92NadezhdaMagnus$2,750
93YvonneMcquillan$2,750
94JessicaVierling$2,750
95SteveBlackmon$2,750
96RobertBarto$2,750
97AlsaadiAsem$2,750
98JustinFawcett$2,750
99JasonRay$2,750
100RyanGittleson$2,550
101ZacharyFischer$2,550
102DanielPigago$2,550
103OnielMccalla$2,550
104CraigHueffner$2,550
105GermanZaga Ramos$2,550
106MosheTarich$2,550
107JoseSeverino Cadonze$2,550
108MichaelGaetjens$2,550
109YaswinGutha$2,375
110RyanSullivan$2,375
111HectorMariani Garcia$2,375
112JeremyBlevins$2,375
113JohnMcmahon$2,375
114JosephMckeehen$2,375
115JohnShuler$2,375
116MarkCasabo$2,375
117LouOjeda$2,375
118FrankBrannan$2,215
119SirapopTaepakdee$2,215
120LakishaSlaughter$2,215
121FrankDibacco$2,215
122ReynelHernandez$2,215
123ChristpoherMitchell$2,215
124ErnestoGomez Galvez$2,215
125AlvinNorman$2,215
126MetinAdam$2,215
127AlejandroArana Torres$2,075
128DavidDao$2,075
129JamesGibson$2,075
130SolangeLucas$2,075
131AyedShweihat$2,075
132FrancescoDigiacomo$2,075
133MohammadSiddiqui$2,075
134WilliamFife Jr$2,075
135JohnYoung$2,075
136MaxxDansky$1,950
137ManuelJo$1,950
138CesarSolares$1,950
139RichardStolar$1,950
140DavidJackson$1,950
141BrittenHarden$1,950
142JeffreyMahoney$1,950
143RobertMcmanus$1,950
144PatrickPotoma$1,950
145WilliamJennings Ii$1,835
146DavidEspinola$1,835
147JacobNaumann$1,835
148NancyThomas$1,835
149AdamZeltser$1,835
150StevenBuckner Jr$1,835
151MarcWoolf$1,835
152HowardMash$1,835
153ShaunRomisher$1,835
154JayKlitzner$1,730
155PauliusBikus$1,730
156JasonGoldman$1,730
157AndrewFahey$1,730
158JeremyPaetsch$1,730
159JonathanPinkser$1,730
160SteveHerschkowitz$1,730
161AthanasiosPolychronopoulos$1,730
162NealDavid$1,730
163RichardLeger$1,630
164MichaelAmato$1,630
165JoshuaMaynard$1,630
166JayRomano$1,630
167JosephLevitt$1,630
168AriOxman$1,630
169RogrigoSardi$1,630
170ThomasMaiale$1,630
171CalebLarsen$1,630
172AlekseiDomnikov$1,540
173GiovanniFazio$1,540
174StevenKarp$1,540
175AnthonyRuttler$1,540
176SeanHeywood$1,540
177AnthonyValiente$1,540
178ArturNazarenko$1,540
179DavidForbes$1,540
180MichaelShinn$1,540
181ColbertSilva$1,460
182DavidGoldman$1,460
183JoshuaPaige$1,460
184DaniyalGheba$1,460
185John LewisHill$1,460
186ChadVetstein$1,460
187IgorEvseev$1,460
188RafaelBababekov$1,460
189JavierZarco Sanchez$1,460
190DavidSathue$1,460
191RodneyTurvin$1,460
192UllmanDevin$1,460
193KellySlay$1,460
194AdrianGroza$1,460
195TaylorDeane$1,460
196EricSiegel$1,460
197PaulKapela$1,460
198BassamMourad$1,460
199KennethGibson$1,390
200XiaoyanWang$1,390
201CorbinAvery$1,390
202MarthinoCamara$1,390
203DanielRogers$1,390
204EricDiaz$1,390
205LukeBrereton$1,390
206GeorgeAntonakos$1,390
207ShaneMelbert$1,390
208JaroslawSalabaj$1,390
209ArnaldoGordon$1,390
210RomelMendoza$1,390
211MichealGonzalez$1,390
212ChristineSazon$1,390
213AndrewKelsall$1,390
214RichardBuxman$1,390
215MichaelKillory Iv$1,390
216ChrisMccormack$1,390
217OscarCastagna$1,330
218ChadGallimore$1,330
219MylesGerman$1,330
220MichaelRudolph$1,330
221ScottWeinstein$1,330
222WadnerPericles$1,330
223RyanVan Sanford$1,330
224AriDinov$1,330
225TameraGoldshteyn$1,330
226ShawnSorgi$1,330
227WalterBravo$1,330
228KyleVenable$1,330
229JohnNguyen$1,330
230DuaneMitchell$1,330
231GeorgeHortelano$1,330
232MikhailShlapakou$1,330
233WilliamScarsdale$1,330
234AlejandroLotero De Los Rios$1,330
235NicholasSacchetta$1,275
236DanielSchreiber$1,275
237LesterRainey$1,275
238BrandonChin$1,275
239Michel-ClaudeBaroud$1,275
240AllanBieler$1,275
241ChristopherZito$1,275
242ArkadiyPervyy Bakhtin$1,275
243ChristopherMo$1,275
244AltonMendleson$1,275
245BlakeWhittington$1,275
246JamesBrinkley$1,275
247JacobWathey$1,275
248AaronThivyanathan$1,275
249DanKashvin$1,275
250ShamicaLamar$1,275
251RobertHarris Jr$1,275
252VannmonySun$1,275
253JeffreySanders$1,235
254PaulPrager$1,235
255OlegAlik Sitnyakorsky$1,235
256IkechukwuNlemchi$1,235
257KellySalgado$1,235
258MatthewSonzogni$1,235
259JennaMurray$1,235
260JonahMiller$1,235
261FrankEstevez$1,235
262ThanhlongNguyen$1,235
263RobertLevin$1,235
264MatthewYorra$1,235
265ScottCraig$1,235
266LuisCenteno$1,235
267DagobertoRios$1,235
268RichardFlach Iii$1,235
269DavidNowling$1,235
270CarlosSerafim$1,235
271KevinBuck$1,200
272SalvadorRamos$1,200
273PeterHorenstein$1,200
274MansoorKader$1,200
275JacobHarvey$1,200
276JoshuaGerzog$1,200
277RyanHogan$1,200
278MarcSachelli$1,200
279MarkNahama$1,200
280OscarSantos$1,200
281OmidKassaian$1,200
282MarcelMcgray$1,200
283RachaelPampinella$1,200
284JoshuaPhillips$1,200
285MichaelMonaco$1,200
286CliffordConners$1,200
287TerranceBraxton$1,200
288CeasarIsayyid$1,200
289StevenLangert$1,170
290CharlesOdenz$1,170
291JasonUnger$1,170
292ConstantinoPsallidas$1,170
293AndrewConroy$1,170
294TerryDavis$1,170
295JonathanDobson$1,170
296CameronStorto$1,170
297KendraTrammel$1,170
298PaulFreedman$1,170
299MaricusMoore$1,170
300ChristianJordanich$1,170
301JungFlach$1,170
302MannyTarich$1,170
303MatthewWhite$1,170
304SongO$1,170
305UriSefchovich$1,170
306JeffKessler$1,170
307DavidOrmsbee$1,140
308JonathanLasko$1,140
309JoseParra$1,140
310AshrafChehata$1,140
311RobertGrossman$1,140
312VictorFigueroa$1,140
313MichaelWang$1,140
314BrandonNoe$1,140
315KeldCurtis$1,140
316AdamBeyrer$1,140
317VineetPahuja$1,140
318BrandonAgeloff$1,140
319LucasMendes$1,140
320JohnnyLandreth$1,140
321KarlManouchakian$1,140
322AlbertSabogali$1,140
323CarlosMejia Mora$1,140
324JosephBartholdi$1,140
325RichardBlume$1,115
326WilliamGongloff Jr$1,115
327JohnUtley$1,115
328GiovanniAbate$1,115
329DericWilliams$1,115
330FrancoZamboli$1,115
331DordeRadisavljevic$1,115
332RonaldSpooner$1,115
333JaimeMontero Pagan$1,115
334KarimLehoussine$1,115
335DavidIves$1,115
336StevenFreifeld$1,115
337EricWalling$1,115
338CoreyZedo$1,115
339DanielChalifour$1,115
340WilforMarentes Pinto$1,115
341LoniHarwood$1,115
342AlanEngel$1,115
343WilliamHill$1,090
344GlenCressman$1,090
345RonnieTate$1,090
346WilliamBeasley$1,090
347MariuszFusiarz$1,090
348GilbertWhorrie$1,090
349LebertGrinan$1,090
350MatthewElsby$1,090
351RonnyBeda$1,090
352PhongNguyen$1,090
353StephanMobley$1,090
354WalterRossi$1,090
355HenryBillete$1,090
356JamesPillon$1,090
357JamesSutherland$1,090
358JasonMandanici$1,090
359FrancoisGagne$1,090
360JosephYselonia$1,090
361OrlandoMaldonado Jr$1,070
362AndrewHeckman$1,070
363ErnestPerry$1,070
364JohnJabbour$1,070
365StevenRosen$1,070
366NicholasAitken$1,070
367JonathanHoward$1,070
368JeffreyFielder$1,070
369ArturoTrujillo$1,070
370YanivPeretz$1,070
371RichardAlati$1,070
372JordanRozenfeld$1,070
373SebastianDe Narvaez$1,070
374JoseRosario$1,070
375GiancarlosRodas Lugo$1,070
376JeromeStroud$1,070
377CybelCabrero Santa$1,070
378JorgeRamos$1,070
379LorellPascual$1,055
380DavidCarleton$1,055
381MatthewFirestone$1,055
382ReinaldoVicentini Aldrey$1,055
383VitasDiktanas$1,055
384ChristianBarrett$1,055
385DanteCianfarra$1,055
386TomislavKrizanic$1,055
387NicoleDiaz$1,055
388TimothyLittle$1,055
389RobertAttunes$1,055
390WilliamGalloway$1,055
391PasqualeCaiazza$1,055
392JenniferDavid$1,055
393IsratZahan$1,055
394DouglasMiranda$1,055
395ChristopherLee$1,055
396AlejandroFunes$1,055
397AnthonyMarch$1,055
398RyanLuker$1,055
399LouisTirado$1,055
400BrandonNavarrete$1,055
401LarryHirschfield$1,055
402DejanPetkovic$1,055
403BenjaminBoston$1,055
404DonavonWright$1,055
405WillieWiggins$1,055
406ThomasBlanton$1,055
407RobertSeaton$1,055
408PierreArmster Jr$1,055
409AntonioColon$1,055
410JessicaPerez$1,055
411RafikiBrown$1,055
412AnrewSlater$1,055
413FrederickGoldberg$1,055
414KelleySlay$1,055
415KirbyConserve$1,055
416EstebanCabrera Da Corte$1,055
417MaikelCruz$1,055
418MatasAstrauskas$1,055
419RobertJordan$1,055
420WillianBaldera$1,055
421JohnBinns$1,055
422PerlaOjeda$1,055
423EmmanuealSantos Orlang$1,055
424OryHen$1,055
425SagiZommer$1,055
426MichaelTait$1,055

* Indicates the results of a heads-up deal.

Event 15: Michael Nye Wins ($328,683) in a Heads-Up Deal with Juan Endara ($273,222)

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 39:  500,000/1,000,000 with a 1,000,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 4,259

Juan Endara and Michael Nye
Runner-Up Juan Endara (left) and Event 15 Champion Michael Nye

After the elimination of Ricardo Velasco in third place, the final two players agreed to an ICM deal to end the tournament. These were the official chip counts:

Michael Nye  –  60,800,000  (61 bb)
Juan Endara  –  24,300,000  (24 bb)

And these were the payouts they agreed to:

1st:  Michael Nye  –  $328,683
2nd:  Juan Endara  –  $273,222

As chipleader, Nye is awarded the title and the trophy. Here is the full list of final table payouts:

1st:  Michael Nye  –  $328,683 + Showdown trophy
2nd:  Juan Endara  –  $273,222
3rd:  Ricardo Velasco  –  $172,250
4th:  Bradley Coultas  –  $133,050
5th:  Evan Teitelbaum  –  $100,730
6th:  Ian O’Hara  –  $74,290
7th:  Steven McKoy  –  $53,405
8th:  Raminder Singh  –  $42,525
9th:  Jonathan Kranker  –  $32,845

Stay tuned for a recap from this event, which will be posted later tonight.

Event 15: Ricardo Velasco – 3rd Place ($172,250)

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 39:  500,000/1,000,000 with a 1,000,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 4,259

Ricardo Velasco
Ricardo Velasco

One hand after being knocked down to just 300K, Ricardo Velasco called all in blind from the button. Michael Nye completed the small blind to 1,000,000, and Juan Endara checked his option in the big blind.

With the big blind ante of 1,000,000 and 300K from each player, there was 1.9 million in the main pot, and another 1.4 million in the side pot between Nye and Endara.

Nye and Endara checked to the river on a board of 10s6d3dQs6s. Nye checked, Endara bet 2.0 million, and Nye folded. Endara took the side pot.

For the main pot, Velasco showed 9c3c for two pair, sixes and threes. But Endara turned over As4s to win the pot with an ace-high flush, eliminating Velasco in third place.

Ricardo Velasco  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($172,250)

Here are the official chip counts for the start of heads-up play, followed by the remaining payouts:

Michael Nye  –  60,800,000  (61 bb)
Juan Endara  –  24,300,000  (24 bb)

1st:  $365,605 + Showdown trophy
2nd:  $236,300

Event 15: Juan Endara Doubles Thru Ricardo Velasco; Velasco Down to 300K

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 39:  500,000/1,000,000 with a 1,000,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 4,259

Juan Endara
Juan Endara

Juan Endara raised from the button to about 2.5 million, Ricardo Velasco moved all in from the small blind for about 10.5 million, and Endara snap-called all in for about 10.5 million with QhQd.

Velasco turned over 3s3h, and the two players were nearly even in chips.

The board came 7c5c2c10c7h — there was a club flush draw for the board on the turn, and since neither player had a club, it would have chopped the pot, saving Velasco. But the river card was a heart, and Endara won the pot with his pocket queens.

The chip stacks were counted down, and Endara had 10.5 million to Velasco’s 10.8 million, leaving Velasco with just 300,000 in chips — less than a small blind.

Seat 1.  Ricardo Velasco  –  300,000  (<1 sb)
Seat 2.  Michael Nye  –  61,800,000  (62 bb)
Seat 3.  Juan Endara  –  23,300,000  (23 bb)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 28.4 million (28 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $172,250 each.

Event 15: Michael Nye Increases His Lead with a Straight-Flush

$600 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 39:  500,000/1,000,000 with a 1,000,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 4,259

Michael Nye
Michael Nye

Juan Endara raised from the button to 2.8 million, and Michael Nye called from the big blind.

Both players checked to the river on a board of 10c8s6s3d10s. Nye bet 2.5 million, and Endara snap-called.

Nye showed 9s7s for a ten-high straight-flush, and Endara mucked.

Seat 1.  Ricardo Velasco  –  12,900,000  (13 bb)
Seat 2.  Michael Nye  –  59,000,000  (59 bb)
Seat 3.  Juan Endara  –  13,200,000  (13 bb)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 28.4 million (28 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $172,250 each.